Katie McLaughlin and Richard Nickel at Portlock Gallery

Date(s): 10/30/2009 – 11/29/2009 Recurring daily Times: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday – Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PMLocation: Portlock Galleries at SoNo Address: 3815 Bainbridge Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23324 Contact: Nicole Benson Phone: (757) 502-4901 Admission: Free Visit Website
This exhibition will feature the ceramics, photography, and mixed media of Katie McLaughlin and the ceramics of Richard Nickel.House-McLaughlinKatie McLaughlin is an up-and-coming artist from Norfolk, VA. She is currently studying at Old Dominion University and has shown her work in many regional and group exhibitions such as the 2006 New Waves exhibition at Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia and the 23rd Annual Juried Photography exhibition at the Suffolk Museum where she was awarded the Juror’s Choice award in 2007. She was included in the New Directions in Photography exhibition at Portlock Galleries where the idea for this exhibition was born. McLaughlin’s work explores what it means to be female in today’s society and examines the dual nature of the female instincts for reproduction and survival as a woman matures.

Pin Lady-Richard NickelRichard Nickel will be highlighting a new series of ceramic works. He is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Old Dominion University. He joined the faculty at ODU in 2002 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from State University College in Buffalo, NY and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Richard has been an active artist and educator. He has been published in several Lark books on ceramics and in Ceramics Monthly Magazine. His juried and invitational shows include the Tidewater Craftsman Invitational at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Celestial Images in Art at the Suffolk Museum and A Tea of Unusual Proportions at the Rawls Museum of Art in Courtland, VA. He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia and the Rawls Museum of Art. He has also been awarded several grants on research in education and ceramics, a Faculty Innovator Grant, and an ODU Summer Research Fellowship.

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